Grateful Dead Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 1982-07-27
FOB - Senn 421's> Sony TC-D5 (at "mouth" of the stage)> Nak Dragon Playback> HHB CDR-850 (no DAT gen)> CDR (Jim Wise transfer/master); Extraction, Editing, Shorten Compression and Upload by Mike "dankstar" Parrillo; note crossfade applied on Drumz tape flip
Subject: Red Rocks Reopened
No promoter had been able to synch the Dead with Red Rocks since '79, with the 7 previous Colo shows being in Denver & Boulder. This starts the third Red Rocks run of seven ('78 had 4 shows in a row for the band with a 7-week gap between 2nd/3rd shows, and the '79 run was partially moved ). The run was hot and this show is well-regarded (particularly the China>Rider) and much better than the previous show in Boulder (with the drunken Bob). It gets cited as one of the best of their 20 shows here but the 29th is probably better (and my nod goes to 8/12/87 anyway).
First Set. Consistently above average and you can feel the energy of 9000 dancing fools. A nice tempo rolls through solid versions. On the Road Again is one of 8 electric versions in '82 and Musta Been Roses is about perfect. Jer does a few different licks from the norm for the next couple songs. The only average song is Peggy-O. China>Rider is almost a Motorik version and speedy. In the top 3 ever for Red Rocks.
Second Set. Playin' isn't the normal start and this one has varied, interesting playing that's one of the year's best (along with maybe 4/6, 8/7). It's Brent that's the key man for Terrapin that goes back to Playin'. I do like the tight jams. Does Bobby announce the guest on Drums? I can't tell what he says. Space is fast-picking stylee with everyone sans Billy? The Other One is punchy and wild with Phil bombs. Dig how they take advantage of a space to refocus @2:42. The end jam of Stella Blue makes me remember what it was like to be there. The rest is average and short - just over an hour second set, not including the encore.
1st Set: B
2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3 1/2 stars
It Must Have Been the Roses - A filler-ballad for some, but tight here
China Cat>Know You Rider - Awesome, Motorik-adjacent
Playin' in the Band - Actually, the flow of the whole sandwich is great, even if Terrapin is a straight read. At least check this and China>Rider
The Other One - They're ready to jump into deep water, especially Phil
SOURCES: There's really something to the hypothesis that Red Rocks AUDs (wise4705) are atmospherically more fun than SBDs (particularly if you were ever at one of the shows). In this case the SBD (clemens) is kinda screwy with levels jumping and Brent too loud. The sirmick matrix, however, is brilliant, and preferred for all except the Drums>Space tranny. This show finally has this long-deserved matrix.
Kinda funny though how the beauty of the venue leads people to call it acoustically blessed. This couldn't be further from the truth. The acoustics at Red Rocks are notoriously BAD - most bands either have to shrug about their sound or dislike playing here. The sound does really tricky and acoustically difficult-to-control things, bouncing around in funny places from the sandstone (slapback echo overlay in the upper rows) or affected by weird/sudden weather blasting off the seven-thousand-foot high foothill. Try to adjust for this during soundcheck and it will all be different that night when 9000 bodies fill the concrete platforms and the weather changes. The Dead were really the only band that met this challenge and re-engineered the thinking with their incredible 55-foot vert-arrays. I was never impressed with other bands at Red Rocks (bad sound, worse traffic, 5 people per seat in the first 20 rows) but the Dead at Red Rocks was a freaking cathedral and an EVENT. But, no, it's not an acoustically favorable venue.
Subject: The other versions of this are better
Subject: environment and acoustics
These are very, very good audience recordings and smoking jams. I wish I could have gotten across "Big Muddy" to see the band out west. Thanks to all for making these recordings available.
Subject: Other one, oh yes!!
Wow, what a run that was!!
And next night, in the 2nd row...
i was a true believer after these shows, fur sure
btw, how about Further? Seen 'em yet?
It has been a reawakening for us old timers= and a chance for the young 'uns to taste what we once knew!
Was just wondering, in my fantasy, if I could make it to the shows there this month. I might try next year, if they do it again..
Subject: This is THE Other One
Only problem is there are no great audience tapes of any of the 3 nites and the boards all have a bad mix in them. Wish I was taping back then....
Subject: call to the captain
4 Big daddy's for this gig
Subject: The Playin' Scat
Subject: how lucky we were
This show has some nice jams, I love Bobby doing a scat thing over the beginning of the Playin jam. Never heard that before. Worth checking out. The drum break is so thrilling that Bob urges the crowd to give it up for the Rhythm Devils. This one is probably the weakest of 3 strong RR shows, which isn't saying much really.
Subject: Unh huh
SET II is why you want to hear this the China>Rider is ripping and how many times have you ever heard Bob scat(sing along note for note with Jerry)on Playin? This is the one and only time I am aware of. Great stuff but short.
Subject: Great Show/OK Tape
I've been listening to several recordings from the summer of 82. What a great period of time for the band. They seem to be enjoying themselves a lot on this tour - lots of energy and very daring jams. This show is no different.
Subject: I Love Red Rocks Audience Tapes
Subject: time machine
Subject: Wow the China>Rider
As I say alot, I couldn't imagine being at this show, Red Rocks summer 1982 what a blast that would of been. Man If I had a time machine its sole purpose would be to re-vist Hot Dead shows in cool years at the best venues. It would be "Back To The Dead" instead of Back to the Future. Ha Ha
Man, Jackstraw opener Sugaree, On The Road Again a sweet solo on Roses aa pretty Peggy O and a blow out 2nd set-unbelievable.
Subject: 7 star show. 2nd set fits on one disc.
This is one of those great forgotten masterpieces that would be great to give to a friend unmarked, just to torment them.
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